Darrell Brooks Jr., the accused driver in the Waukesha Christmas Parade massacre, charged with 5 counts of first-degree intentional homicide

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Darrell Brooks Jr. would face life in prison if convicted of any of five counts of first-degree intentional homicide filed against him Tuesday.
The man authorities say drove into the Waukesha Christmas parade on Sunday was charged Tuesday with five counts of first-degree intentional homicide, and will face at least a sixth after an 8-year-old boy died Tuesday from his injuries.

The criminal complaint contains this chilling observation from one police officer who watched Darrell Brooks pass by several options to exit the parade route, and instead increase his speed:

"At this point, it was clear to (the officer) that this was an intentional act to strike and hurt as many people as possible."

In addition to the deaths, more than 60 people were injured, a number authorities have continued to revise as they identify other victims who were taken to the hospital by bystanders or family and fled during the chaos of Sunday.

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Brooks Jr., 39, of Milwaukee, made his initial court appearance shortly after 4 p.m., wearing a green padded suicide-prevention gown. He hung his head at the defense table during the hearing.

Waukesha County District Attorney Sue Opper cited Brooks' long record of convictions around Wisconsin and in other states before asking for $5 million bail. Court Commissioner Kevin Costello called the amount extraordinary, but fitting for an extraordinary case.

"The nature of this offense is shocking," Costello said, citing the efforts police made to stop Brooks and their observations that he seemed to deliberately mow down participants and spectators.

Costello set Brooks' preliminary examination for Jan. 14.

Opper said she expects a sixth count of first-degree intentional homicide will be filed as early as Friday, and that other charges are likely to come as well. Each count, if Brooks is convicted, carries a mandatory life sentence.

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Bruce Vielmetti and Ashley Luthern, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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